ACTION ALERT: As Wildfires Rage Worldwide, Activists Plan March at September Climate Action Summit
August 8, 2018 & Nina Chestney / Reuters
Real climate leadership rises from the grassroots up. Thousands of people from around the world are getting ready to Rise for climate, jobs, and justice on September 8th. In September, world leaders are meeting at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. On Sept. 8th, let's show them we need bold action. Join thousands of people from across the world for a global day of action to demand a just transition to 100% clean energy.
ACTION ALERT: Rise for Climate,
Jobs, and Justice: September 8, 2018 Rise for Climate.org
In exactly one month, Environmentalists Against War is joining tens of thousands of people from across the country on the streets of San Francisco to Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice days before Governor Jerry Brown's Global Climate Action Summit to show our elected leaders that the vast majority of the world's people are demanding action on climate change.
This will be the largest climate march the West Coast has ever seen -- and we want you there with us. In the next 24 hours, we want to get 5,000 people to RSVP to march with us on September 8th -- 10:00AM, Embarcadero Plaza, Four Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94105. (And you may want to take some time to help us create the world's largest street mural during Rise for Climate gathering.)
Our planet, livelihoods, and democracy are under attack -- it's time for bold leadership to reclaim our future. But to change everything, we need everyone to march in the streets and show Governor Jerry Brown and other local elected officials that we cannot stick to business-as-usual solutions for today's climate disasters.
With the 2018 midterm elections fast approaching, now is the time to engage and mobilize our communities for climate, jobs, and justice.
We are calling on all elected officials to fight for a 100% clean energy economy; for family-sustaining jobs; for justice for everyone in this country regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or immigration status.
Our democracy, our livelihoods, and our future depend on a climate movement that reaches all corners of this country. To change everything, it takes everyone — and with your help we can build a sustainable world for generations to come.
LONDON (August 6, 2018) -- The world is at risk of entering "hothouse" conditions where global average temperatures will be 4-5 degrees Celsius higher even if emissions reduction targets under a global climate deal are met, scientists said in a study published on Monday.
The report comes amid a heatwave that has pushed temperatures above 40C (104 Fahrenheit) in Europe this summer, causing drought and wildfires, including blazes in Greece in July that killed 91 people.
Around 200 countries agreed in 2015 to limit temperature rise to "well below" 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels, a threshold believed to be a tipping point for the climate.
However, it is not clear whether the world's climate can be safely "parked" near 2C above pre-industrial levels or whether this might trigger other processes which drive further warming even if the world stops emitting greenhouse gases, the research said.
Currently, global average temperatures are just over 1C above the pre-industrial period and rising at 0.17C each decade.
Scientists from the Stockholm Resilience Center, the University of Copenhagen, Australian National University and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said it is likely that if a critical threshold is crossed, several tipping points will lead to abrupt change.
Such processes include permafrost thaw; the loss of methane hydrates from the ocean floor; weaker land and ocean carbon sinks; the loss of Arctic summer sea ice and the reduction of Antarctic sea ice and polar ice sheets.
"These tipping elements can potentially act like a row of dominoes. Once one is pushed over, it pushes Earth toward another," said Johan Rockström, co-author of the report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
"It may be very difficult or impossible to stop the whole row of dominoes from tumbling over. Places on Earth will become uninhabitable if 'Hothouse Earth' becomes the reality," he said.
Maximizing the chances of avoiding such a "hothouse" state requires more than just reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the report said.
For example, improved forest, agricultural and soil management; biodiversity conservation and technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it underground are needed.
Commenting on the research, some experts said uncontrolled warming is still uncertain but not implausible.
"In the context of the summer of 2018, this is definitely not a case of crying wolf, raising a false alarm: the wolves are now in sight," said Phil Williamson, climate researcher at the University of East Anglia.